The Dragonfly – The Lean, Mean, Flight Machine

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The Dragonfly – The Lean, Mean, Flight Machine

On a recent photo hike to a local waterfall, one of my fellow hikers stumbled upon a dragonfly. Instantly, I smiled as I realized that my macro lens was about to be put to good use. Normally, the dragonflies are moving that fast, that you rarely get a chance to truly photograph it. The fastest recorded speed for a dragonfly is 36 miles per hour! This one was lethargic and barely moved. I never complained, I just started shooting. The closer I got the more I smiled. It was truly a nature photo shoot for the books!

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The wings were wrinkled… a clue we missed that day… for we had stumbled upon a recently emerged out of its larva skin creature. A true find for us!

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I even moved the rocks around it to get some nicer angles.

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Its lime green color was opaque and neon… We even discussed how we rarely seen this color before. It was not the iridescent, metallic colors we normally see.

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Did you know that a dragonfly’s eye has 30,000 lenses?

I tried to identify it and the close I could come was it was in the Emerald family.

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Who knew that there are 5000+ varieties of dragon flies!

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I hope you enjoyed my photo shoot with a very special model.

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It was a Macro escape into the hidden world!

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About Tina Dean

Tina Dean Tina is an avid hiker and nature enthusiast. Living in picturesque Newfoundland, CANADA, her adventures take her through thick forests, along fast flowing rivers, and next to crashing ocean waves always with the chance of photographing the majestic wildlife of the area. Her passion for nature has brought forward a fire for photography.

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8 Responses to "The Dragonfly – The Lean, Mean, Flight Machine"

  1. Bethan Morgan  August 29, 2013 at 12:24

    Wow, that photo of it’s eyes is awesome, thanks for sharing

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    • Tina Dean
      Tina Dean  February 12, 2014 at 18:06

      Thank you Bethan. Glad you enjoyed.

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  2. Charu  August 2, 2013 at 18:03

    These are brilliant shots…they’re not easy to photograph!

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    • Tina Dean
      Tina Dean  February 12, 2014 at 18:06

      Thanks Charu. Agree – I was lucky that day.

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  3. Ronny  August 2, 2013 at 17:09

    Thanks, one of my favourite creatures( esp as they eat mozzie lava), so beautiful too.

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    • Tina Dean
      Tina Dean  February 12, 2014 at 18:07

      Thanks Ronny. They are gorgeous. I hope to get more chances like this in the future.

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  4. Nelia  June 22, 2013 at 22:16

    Those are beautiful shots! This colour really looks amazing! Would the pics be taken in Europe I’d say it might be a Ophiogomphus cecilia, but for sure it belongs to the family of Gomphidae and not to the Emeralds. The Gomphidae family you can easily tell by their eyes not touching each other in the middle like they do in other big dragonfly families. Since it is a very fresh emerged one that is the reason why it was sitting still, waiting for its wings to dry out and get tight. The colours of eyes and body can still change after a little time. Congrats to these shots!
    Nelia

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    • Tina Dean
      Tina Dean  February 12, 2014 at 18:08

      Thanks Neila. Your comment has been most helpful. Deeply appreciated.

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